Tourmaline is normally a group of minerals which are related in their chemical and physical properties.The members of this family include: Elbaite, dravite,liddicoatite and schorl. Apart from Elbaite, the other three members of this group are rarely used as gemstones. Although Elbaite comes with different colors, sometimes the term is used to describe the green type of tourmaline , especially when it comes to trading. The other colors of Elbaite have their own names in gem trading platforms. The names which are commonly used are Indicolite which comes in blue, the Rubellite which is a pink or red variety, watermelon tourmaline which is a combination of red and green. Other names, which have only been recently coined are: Chrome and Paraiba Tourmaline.
Tourmaline By Color
There is a new trend that is appearing in the gem market where tourmaline is prefixed with a term that denotes the color of tourmaline as opposed to use of a variety of names. With this trend, Rubellite is now being referred to as Red Tourmaline. This information is vital as you may go looking for your favourite tourmaline but cannot find it. When you are aware of the trends and the changes that are taking place in the gem market it will be easy to find it. It is also a good thing for those who may not be familiar with the technical names, identify the product with its color will help this group when it comes to locating the precious gemstones in the platform.
When it comes to shapes and sizes, you are also spoilt for a choice, all you have to do is specify the actual shapes and sizes that you are looking for. It will also be important to note that tourmaline sizes are determined by the purpose, therefore when looking for one online , you should already have known the purpose of the Tourmaline. A search around the internet will only need you to know the color and with the new trend of naming tourmaline based on their colors rather than technical names it makes it even easier to get what you are looking for in the right color, shape and size.